April 10, 2018
I’m a little obsessive about sleep. And I have to admit- I’m one of those annoying people who gets a solid seven to eight hours of sleep each night. While there are lots of really real reasons why a good night's sleep isn’t a reality for everyone (shift work, babies, a snoring person in your bed), I’m a big believer that a few simple changes to your space can make a big difference in how you live and feel.
Read on for 5 ways to make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary!
1. The Right Set-Up We have a ginormous bed in a smallish room, which means I have about 12 inches between my side of the bed and the window. This requires a little creativity to fit in a light and bedside table, but I think it's so important to create an environment that sets you up for sleep success! If you’re short on space like me, try a wall sconce like this one or this cute option. To make a bedside table, I cut down an Ikea shelf, then covered the raw edge with these sleek brackets. It gives me just enough space for a few books, a notepad, and a glass of water.
2. Scents Aromatherapy can be a powerful way to relieve stress, relax the body and promote sleep. Scents that can be particularly helpful are lavender, jasmine, bergamot and chamomile. Feeling crafty? Check out our simple tutorial and make your own soothing lavender eye pillows.
4. A Stack of Books (and no screens) I keep a few books beside my bed, and try my best to spend the last few minutes of my day reading versus staring at my phone. If a novel seems impossible to get through, try a book of short stories or a little poetry. Not a reader? Zone out with an audiobook or a podcast (find my current podcast recommendations here).
5. Luxurious Bedding Ok- this might warrant its own blog post, but slipping into a beautifully-made bed at the end of the day is one of my favourite things. For sheets, stick with natural fibres such as cotton, linen or silk. Try Egyptian or Pima cotton sheets, and don’t get too focused on thread count; the type of cotton is more important. In the winter, we add a down duvet as a middle layer- the fluffy filling is warm and lightweight. If you’re allergy prone, synthetic fillings in rayon or polyester are another option, although they won’t be as effective at regulating temperatures. Year-round, our top layer is (of course!) a colourful Homeday quilt. The 100% cotton batting in our lightweight quilts have a high-thermal value, making them warm in winter while wicking moisture away for coolness in the summer.
There you have it- five ways to make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary. Sleep well!
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January 13, 2020
January 09, 2020
To kick off 2020, I’m sharing my punch needle evergreen pattern with you! When you're done stitching your tree you can turn it into a stuffy like I did, or fill in the background and turn it into a wall-hanging. This beginner pattern is great for using up yarn scraps, and is a fun addition to your winter decor now that the holidays are over.
November 24, 2019
Back in August, an editor at the U.K. magazine Mollie Makes emailed me to ask if I would be interested in designing and making a trio of punch needle animal stuffies for their December 2019 cover. I’ll admit I was intimidated- the deadline was tight considering my kids were still home with me for summer break, and I had more than a bit of performance anxiety (what if they’re just “meh” about the final product?).